American slavery remains a complex issue with many untold stories like the heart-wrenching relationship at the core of "The Box", a short film starring Tamala Jones ("Castle") and Jon Huertas ("Castle") set to debut at the Dances with Films Festival Wednesday, June 4 at 5 p.m.
Set in 1840 Virginia, field slave Adeline is chastised and confined to a small wooden box where she finds Coffey, a mulatto house slave. Seemingly from opposite worlds they find themselves trapped together in a dire situation that forces them to seek a better understanding and find love in a pit of despair.
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Stars of the hit ABC drama "Castle", Huertas and Jones developed the concept for the short film and play the lead roles of Coffey and Adeline, respectively. Seeking the perfect project for their first collaborative effort, Huertas and Andrew Bikichky--a camera operator on "Castle"--teamed to co-directed "The Box" and helped push the short to completion. The script was written by Huertas and Ben Cory Jones, while "Castle" Assistant Director Nicole Rodgers served as producer.
Already earning award nominations, "The Box" is up for Best Film (short) in The Madrid International Film Festival and has scored a Best Actor nod for Huertas, Best Director nomination for Huertas and Bikichky, and a Best Producer nom for Rodgers. In all, "The Box" is nominated in eight categories in the Madrid fest to include Best Short, Best Original Screenplay (short), Best Cinematography and Best Music. Winners will be announced at a ceremony in Madrid July 19.
The Dances With Films Festival will take place at the TCL Chinese Theatre located at 6925 Hollywood Blvd. To learn more about the fest visit the website at www.danceswithfilms.com/ and to get tickets for the June 4th premiere be sure to visit: http://www.danceswithfilms.com/slt_the_box.html.